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Hi fishingnut

All I can say to this is HELL YES. Get those bloody things that rip up the environment and ecosystem out of the river...

Now all we need to do is give it to a greenie so they can put all their anti-fishing rubbish aside, sign this, and help make the ecosystem cleaner

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Cheers Hamish

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I used to go out on the trawlers on the weekend sometimes when I lived at Bribie many years ago. The amount of by catch which went down the ‘****’ chute (that’s what they called it) was terrible. Tonnes of dead fish and crabs. There was a particular small crab called a Ginna Crab which was caught and discarded by the thousands. All that was kept were the prawns and a few large edible fish that were caught in the net. Even all the squid went over the side. But not when I was on board. I used to keep a few two gallon buckets full each time we went out, for bait on my trips to Moreton.

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Hi Old Scaley

Thanks for that write up and giving us a bit of information on them. the reason I signed it is because I am assuming that if the river goes net free, it may go of like the Fitzroy and the net free zone, etc, etc. 

GregOug, that is very interesting, especially considering Old Scaley's research  compared to what you are saying. 

Maybe the government didn't do as much observations on the trawlers?

Cheers Hamish

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2 hours ago, AUS-BNE-FISHO said:

Hi Old Scaley

Thanks for that write up and giving us a bit of information on them. the reason I signed it is because I am assuming that if the river goes net free, it may go of like the Fitzroy and the net free zone, etc, etc. 

GregOug, that is very interesting, especially considering Old Scaley's research  compared to what you are saying. 

Maybe the government didn't do as much observations on the trawlers?

Cheers Hamish

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Hi Hamish. It was good to get Greg’s first hand experience on the trawlers, and good to see a very young person taking an interest in things like this. One of the reasons for the discrepancy may be about the type of trawler Greg was on. The reading I did was clear that the toll on bycatch on the ocean going trawlers is much higher than the little beam trawlers used in the rivers and estuaries. This has to do with the length of the trawl and the crushing effect of the heavier catch in the offshore boats. It may also be that there has been a lot of effort gone into bycatch reduction in recent years. 

You can’t really compare the situation in the Fitzroy with the Brisbane river. The netting that was removed there was associated with professional fishers targeting barra, unlike the Brisbane river trawlers that are licensed for prawns and squid.

 I probably come across as an apologist for the trawling industry, but that is not the case at all. I would love to see super trawlers removed from the ocean and making sure the industry continues to be properly managed and regulated.  I am just not sure that the little beam trawlers in the river do too much harm. But that is only my opinion and everyone is entitled to their own views on these things.

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Old Scaley is correct. I went out on the larger trawlers in Moreton Bay. And I’m sure they don’t throw squid back anymore. Far too valuable. One other little tidbit about those days. One night we were trawling away and started bringing the nets in but it was obvious there was far more weight than normal. The skipper managed to get the net too the surface but we couldn't swing it into the boat because it was far too heavy. We discovered it was full of sea scallops! No matter what we did It wouldn’t budge and the trawler was in danger of capsizing so we had to release the entire lot. The skipper was a huge bloke but I can tell you even huge blokes cry, and he did that night! Lol

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Big difference between the bay trawlers and the Brisbane River Beam trawlers. The river trawlers are very few compared to 60 years ago when there used to be probably 50 to 60 trawlers mainly targeting greasys. I doubt that there would till be half a dozen left. I would be interested in what species are affected by the trawlers. Fisheries would already have this data as all commercial fishers are heavily regulated even to the extent of fisheries staff going out and observing the commercial fishers at work. 

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Hey GregOug

Wow, that must've been pretty bad! I feel a bit bad for the guy. They would've fetched a hefty price, especially considering how many they caught, wouldn't they?

Hey rayke1938

That is incredible. The greasies must've really copped it then. I assume they were abundant enough for the trawlers to catch heaps though...

Hi Old Scaley

Yes, it was. That makes a lot of sense about the beam trawlers having less by-catch then the massive ones that go out in the ocean for prawns, and other fish. It's a very good thing. Now that I think about it, we can't compare the net free zones because, like you said, one were targeting fish and here in Brisbane they are targeting prawns, which are far more prolific. 

Cheers Hamish

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